The dream of playing for the NBA 2016 just might come true sooner than anticipated for Filipino basketball player, Kiefer Ravena.
The young athlete tweeted a photo captioned “Dream come true” last September 13 in what appears to be the try-outs for the LA D-Fenders, LA Laker’s D-League team.
Dream come true. 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/9TCrncMWYA
— Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) September 12, 2016
Pursuing the Dream
Ravena, along with teammate Bobby Ray Parks, will not be joining Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 at the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge this September, to pursue the NBA dream, reports Fox Sports Asia.
“Plan ko is to continue my training here in the States. I’m working out here to prepare myself into the next level,” Ravena told FOX Sports while on break from his US training.
Just recently, the 22-year-old guard had the opportunity to play for the Reapers team in the Drew League. Soon after, he was able to play in one of the Air West’s pick-up games against veteran players David Lee and Dorell Wright.
Ravena shares with Fox Sports how blessed he is. He also added that he is just following his dreams while he still has the chance and before it is too late.
Though the chances of the dream coming true might be slim, the Filipino is still determined to fight for it and make his country proud.
What’s Next for Kiefer Ravena
Just recently, Ravena posted on his Instagram account an apparent discussions between him and Dallas Mavericks’ D-League Team, Texas Legends’ President.
In the caption, he asks for everyone to pray for him while he takes the next step toward his NBA dream.
He also thanks Malcolm Farmer and colleagues for the opportunity and says he will prove himself worthy to be there.
It is still unofficial if he will be joining the Texas Legends, but his fans continue to cheer him on, believing in him all the way.
"Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don't do it. "-Mark Cuban I have put in years of sweat equity into my business of basketball. I've not just followed by dream for myself but for my family and the people of my country. I ask each of you for your prayers an thoughts over the next several days as I journey to Dallas to take the next step in OUR DREAM. Malcolm Farmer, Donnie Nelson, and Mark Cuban I look forward to the challenge that lies ahead and I will prove to you that I deserve to be there. I can't thank my team enough for believing in me and never loosing focus. @texaslegends @dallasmavs @yldchldparin #MalcolmFarmer #donnienelson #ChrisFarr . . . . . . #KiefTrying
NBA 2016 D-League Draft Schedules
The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players for the NBA.
D-League has not announced a date for the next D-League Draft yet, but if it is anything like last year then one can expect it by October.